At a time when society has become so egotistical and violent that school children conceal weapons in their waistbands, England suggests that everyone take a moment to reconsider where they stand on issues. Using his hallmark literary forms of personal essay and autobiographical short story, he draws examples from his own life to show the complexities that real people face at home, in their neighborhoods, at work, and in the pews. Admitting to no easy answers, he shows through plot and metaphor of well-developed stories, and through the penetrating view of his sympathetic perspective, the dangers and advantages of various options.
He takes readers on road trips which present the Christian ethic in a new, seductive light. He recounts the times when inner tranquility and outward peace have come to his own family and community. Whether traipsing through Utah's trout streams, visiting strife-torn Los Angeles, or sorting out the cultural maze he faced on a church mission to American Samoa, England proposes surprising ways to reconcile the ambiguities of maintaining a caring, purposeful existence in the 1990s.